With an average altitude of 1500-2800 meters with fascinating natural views and pleasant climate, Yunnan is regarded as the most popular golf destination in China. On the long list of the golf courses in Yunnan, many have won prizes in China, Asia and over the world. The various geographic feature of the different areas in Yunnan give the well-designed courses unique beauty.
This 8 days Yunnan golf tour includes two featured golf courses, one is in Kunming called Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (No.1 Golf Course in China), composed of Mountain Course (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and Lake Courses (designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr), where you can play two 18 holes, and the other one is Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, marketed as the world’s longest layout, and setting in the shadows of the unconquered Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, designed by Neil Haworth. How amazing your golf experience is! You’ll totally immerse in a world of vast lakes and magnificent snow mountains when playing golf in the golf paradise! Besides, this tour covers classic sightseeing both in Kunming and Lijiang, such as Stone Forest, Western Hill & Dragon Gate, Lijiang Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain...To perfectly end your Yunnan trip, it is a great idea to extend to Shangri-La from Lijiang with Lost Horizon scenery described in James Hilton’ famous novel!
Tips: To fully suit for your arrangements and meet your requirements, this 8-day Yunnan golf tour is customizable that our travel consultants can adjust the itinerary and golf courses based on your likes and time. All you need to do is to tell us your plan and enjoy, and we’ll do the rest.
Day 1 Kunming ArrivalArrive in Kunming & Transfer to Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort
Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort for accommodation.
Arrival Ideas: You can take a direct flight from more than 110 domestic cities and some international destinations including Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, San Francisco, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles. Also, you can take a bullet train from Chengdu (5.5 hours), Chongqing (4 hours), Guilin (8 hours), Guiyang (2 hours), Guangzhou (7 hours), Beijing (11 hours), Shanghai (11 hours), Hong Kong (7.5 hours), etc. with convenience!
- Kunming Flight
Day 2 Kunming (B, L)Play golf at the Mountain Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort - Stone Forest
In this morning, enjoy fantastic time and play golf at the Mountain Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (around 3~4 hours).
Spring City Golf & Lake Resort is a premier integrated golf course in Kunming, located 48 kilometers east of Kunming city with about 1 hour’s driving. Reputed as one of the best golf courses in China, Spring City Golf & Lake Resort includes Mountain Course (designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest players and course designers of all time) and Lake Course. The 18-hole Mountain Course is set on high grounds overlooking the Yang Zonghai Lake, offering spectacular views of the picturesque lake and the verdant hills.
In this afternoon, your guide and driver will pick you up at golf course. Later, drive 50 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. As the “Essence of World Karst Landform”, Stone Forest has been listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage with the incomparable coverage of 12 square kilometers’ stone pinnacle groups. Take the sightseeing bus to visit the Greater Stone Forest Scenic Area to admire the typical concentrating cinerous stone pinnacles by walking through the maze of stone peaks and jumping high for the panorama of the forest of protruding stone peaks. Also, you will see the famous peak on many photos and even stones towering over 40 meters. Then, continue to ride the bus to explore the Lesser Stone Forest to closely look at the iconic stone “Ashima” like a young lady, listen to the touching love story of Ashima, and fill your eyes with the emerald garden-like park of wilder stone peaks surrounded by lush green plants and blossoms. Take the sightseeing bus to exit the scenic park.
After the tour, drive back to Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort for accommodation. Have a good rest tonight.
- Lesser Stone Forest
- Mountain Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort
Day 3 Kunming (B, L)Play Golf at the Lake Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort - Western Hills & Dragon Gate
After breakfast, enjoy your memorable time and play golf at the Lake Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (around 3~4 hours). The 18-hole Lake Course, set on the banks of Yang Zonghai Lake, is world-renowned for its narrow fairways, crisscrossing trenches, green terraces and breathtaking lake views. Enjoy amazing golf experience with your partners this morning.
In this afternoon, drive to Kunming downtown to visit the famous Western Hills which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dian Lake (the largest freshwater in Yunnan and famed as the “Pearl on the Plateau”). It is a particularly pleasant experience to walk in such verdant forest mountain park with elegant sightseeing and a series of cultural relics and sites, including some old temples. You will not miss the symbolic visit to the magic Dragon Gate as it says “If you do not visit Western Hill, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills”, where to admire the colorful old grottoes on the wall and catch the panoramic view of the large peaceful Dianchi Lake and Kunming City. (You can visit the temples if interested. Huating Temple and Taihua Temple are included in the ticket.)
Stay overnight in Kunming downtown.
- Kunming Western Hill
- Lake Course of Kunming Spring City Golf & Lake Resort
Day 4 High Speed Train to Lijiang from Kunming (B, L)High Speed Train to Lijiang - Lijiang Old Town - Dongba Culture Museum - Black Dragon Pool Park
In this morning after breakfast, you’ll be escorted to Kunming Railway Station for a high speed train to Lijiang (about 3 hours). Upon arriving at Lijiang Railway Station, the local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Lijiang Old Town area.
In this afternoon, you’ll start a memorable tour in Lijiang Ancient Town (Dayan Ancient Town). Established in the Ming dynasty as a commercial center, Lijiang Old Town is a well-preserved 800-year-old town for Naxi ethnic group, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Walk to the central area of the old town and visit Mufu Palace. A saying goes “there is Forbidden City in the North, Mu’s Residence in the South”. Mu’s Residence was called the miniature Forbidden City. Looked from a far distance, it likes a grand imperial palace and it is famous for the grandness and architectural buildings. Getting into the palace, you can know Tusi’s ruling history and appreciate Naxi people’s brilliant culture and fine arts. Then, wander through the old alleys, old bridges, featured shops and bars to Sifang Street Square, a mingling ground to enjoy lively atmosphere and unwind yourself. If time permits, join the Naxi people and tourists to dance happily in a round. (Optional Activity: Take a leisure walk up to the Lion Hill and climb up the 33-meter-tall Wanggu Tower - the landmark building of Lijiang to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole old town and overlook the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.)
After that, head to Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Take a gentle walk to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy gorgeous view and peaceful surroundings. If weather permits, get to the best spot to overlook the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and shoot some amazing pictures.
Have a good rest tonight!
- Black Dragon Pool Park
- Lijiang Old Town Waterwheel
- Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang
Day 5 Lijiang (B, L)Play golf at the Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, drive to Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, which is situated at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Enjoy some leisure time to play 18 holes with breathtaking natural scenery in front of your eyes.
Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, with an altitude of 3100 meters, is the only snow mountain golf club in Asia and the second highest golf club in the world. Marketed as the world’s longest layout, this golf course was designed by Neil Haworth and listed into the Guinness World Records. Thanks to the elevation and the ball flies some 15%-20% farther than normal. The three of the four par 3s measure more than 260 yards and the shortest one is 236 yards long! The shortest par 4 is as much as 436 long. And the 5th par 5 plays to 711 yards, which is the longest par 5 in the world. The front 9 has Scottish style and the back 9 is a mountainous course, and two of them have completely different characteristics.
In this afternoon, you’ll explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The 13 peaks in this mountain area are the sacred mountains among Naxi people. Take the tramway to the Spruce Meadow at 3000 meters high, and you can both see the fascinating sightseeing and appreciate the gorgeous look of the whole snow mountain at the best place. On the way back, you will enjoy the charming scenery and the crystal clear water various with the weather in Blue Moon Valley and its White Water River.
After the tour, drive back to Lijiang for accommodation.
- Magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
- Blue Moon Valley at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
- Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club
Day 6 Lijiang - Shangri-La (B, L)First Bend of Yangtze River - Tiger Leaping Gorge
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, drive about 52 kilometers from Lijiang to view the First Bend of Yangtze River. The upper reach of the Yangtze River is Jinsha River coming down from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and when it arrives at Shigu Town, it is obstructed by Hailuo Mountain and forms a V-shape turn. Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast. You’ll reach the observation deck to catch a panoramic view of the bend, an extraordinary turn nearly about 180 degrees with beautiful and marvelous views like a wonderful landscape painting unfolding before your eyes. You’ll have a look at local market and Red Army’s Long March Memorial Monument in Shigu Town.
Later, be transferred to visit the one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyon in the world - Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site called Three Parallel of Yunnan Protected Areas. This steep gorge is situated between the 5596 meters Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the south and 5396 meters Haba Snow Mountain to the north. Measuring 17 kilometers in length, the whole gorge is divided into three parts: upper, middle and lower gorge and you’ll pay a visit to the maturest section - Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. Walk about 1,000 stairs along the plank road from the entrance to the Tiger Leaping Rock. Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent gorge view and rolling waves. (Travel tip: This gorge is suitable for most travelers with easy walk. Comfortable shoes are recommended.)
After the hiking tour, you’ll be driven to Shangri-La. With 2 hours' driving, enjoy the enchanting natural scenery along the way. Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian, altitude: 3459meters), the Garden of Eden! Upon arrival, check in your hotel and explore this earthly paradise on your own.
- Sightseeing at First Bend of Yangtze River
- Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 7 Shangri-La (B, L)Songzanlin Monastery - Pudacuo National Park - Local Tibetan Family Visiting
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you'll be transferred with 7 kilometers' driving to Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtseling Gompa), reputed as the "Little Potala Palace" for it was built according to the complex of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and it is also the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province with around 700 monks and lamas. Walk 147 steps to get atop of the monastery and pay clockwise visit to the three main lamasery buildings where you can not only see the Buddhism treasures, but also enjoy large number of monks of all ages going about their daily routines, praying, chanting, cooking and resting. It should a nice trip to get in-depth understanding about Tibetan Buddhism. If time permits, take some quiet time to walk around the peaceful Lamuyangcuo Lake and shoot panorama view of Songzanlin Monastery with reflection in the clear water.
Then, drive about 27 kilometers to Pudacuo National Park. This 1,300-square-kilometer national park is notable as the first national park in China to meet International Union for Conservation of Nature standards. It is renowned for well-preserved primitive landscape, which is endowed with lakes, wetlands, forests, meadows, streams, brooks, rare plants and animals. Throw yourself into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery. There are also many hiking opportunities. (Notes: 1) the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m so you should avoid strong activities to avoid high altitude sickness; 2) part of the national park is currently closed for environment protection and recovery.)
After the merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people and taste some special Tibetan snacks and butter tea. (Optional Experience: If you are interested in the Tibetan people's daily drinks, you can follow the locals to involve in the process of making butter tea.)
- Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park
- Songzanlin Monastery
Day 8 Shangri-La & Shangri-La Departure (B)Dukezong Old Town
In the morning, cherish your time in Shangri-La to explore Dukezong Old Town. With a history over 1300 years, Dukezong Old Town is the largest and the best preserved Tibetan community in China. Climb up to the top of Guishan Hill (or Tortoise Hill) to have a panoramic view of both the endless snow-capped mountains surrounded the pure land and the large scale of the old town with countless Tibetan dwellings. Join in the tourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world in clockwise direction. (Optional experience: If you show interest in making traditional Tibetan Thangka, you can learn at Shangri-la Thangka Institute. Programs here include Thangka painting, chanting, Tibetan language and calligraphy. You can choose your like.)
After the tour, be escorted to the Shangri-La Zhongdian Airport for your flight to next destination. Service ends!
Departure Ideas: Travelers can take flights from Shangri-La to Kunming, Lhasa, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and more cities.
- Dukezong Old Town
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
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My suggestion: No need to visit Summer Palace; suggest organizing visit of Yack herd with Nomads in higher plateau and in Snow area. Otherwise, very good and Tenzin was excellent
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